Hi, I'm Pablo!
I am a Chilean MUSIC TEACHER, BIODANZA
facilitator and Musical Theater COMPOSER and PLAYWRIGHT with experience in ACTING, based in New York. I'm a THEATER-MAKER who loves working with and for children and adults, spreading hope and love through art.
"Sinfonía de un Perro con Pulgas"
Daniela Fuentealba in
"Love is not free"
"Man of La Mancha"
A little bit of me...
For more than 15 years I have actively worked in various types of artistic projects: either teaching music in primary schools or creating different forms of music and theater that promote the development of expression, imagination and transcendence.
A few years ago I graduated from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU, Tisch. Originally from Santiago, Chile, I did my undergrad in Music Education at Universidad Mayor. Since then, I have pursued a career that seeks to integrate arts, education, music, and theater.
My teaching experience includes early childhood education, primary and elementary schools, piano lessons, choral singing, body expression, children's narration and Biodanza. As an artist, I have had the opportunity to play in ensembles and children's groups, I have been part of musicals and plays, I have composed many musical pieces and I have written several plays.
What have I been up to?
All started in Chile...
Along with Felipe Vásquez-Encamilla, a Chilean performer, we founded La Pianola, a company dedicated to the development of musical theater. He wrote the book & lyrics and I composed the music to Love is not free and 8 Women, in which Chilean music is combined with standard Broadway style. Among other shows, Felipe and I also directed a new production of the most famous Chilean musical of all time, La Pergola de las Flores (originally written in 1960), with new orchestration and choral arrangements especially written by myself for La Pianola.
Alongside my work as a composer, I founded two groups dedicated to children's music: Rayuela and Remolino. There I served as musical director, vocal arranger, orchestrator, playwright and actor. With these groups, I wrote the book, lyrics & music to the 30-min musicals El Zapatero Ambicioso and El Regalo de Camila. I was also a member of La Fanfarria, a children's theater company, with whom I performed Sinfonía de un Perro con Pulgas (Rodolfo), a collective creation play directed by Camila Monreal, in which we used classical music, puppets, masks, and recycled materials to bring the story to life.
Before moving to New York, I was called to perform in Man of La Mancha (Barber), Jesus Christ Superstar (Priest), both directed by Ramón Echeverría; and the Chilean musical La Pérgola de las Flores (Ruperto), also directed by Vásquez-Encamilla.
What's happening now?:
New York: musicals, operas and plays...
Here, in the United States, songs from different cycles and musicals I've written have been heard in concerts around NYU, New York Film Academy, 52nd Street Project and the Latiné Theatre Lab, and at cabaret venues such as Dixon Place.
During the pandemic, I wrote lncoming Call, a full length play about life in Covid19 times. The play was in 2021, produced by La Pianola and released through digital platforms, featuring a cast from Canada, United States and Chile, featuring award-winning actress Andrea Ubal.
In 2022, my and Momo Akashi's opera December premiered as part of The American Opera Project (AOP) "Losing Control" series of operas, in collaboration with NYU/Tisch. This 15-min opera was inspired by the historical struggle for reproductive rights and the centennial of the incorporation of the American Birth Control League (now called "Planned Parenthood").
In May of that same year, and as part of Theater Iati's "Cimientos" program I participated as musician and cast of Ñachi, a play written by Chilean Nicolás Bascuñán, which had a reading table directed by award-winning actor and director Braulio Basilio.
Later that year, my musical Quillén, with book & lyrics by Jamie Buxton, received a reading supported by Latiné Theatre Lab. In December 2022, the show was selected for the New York Theater Festival at Latea Theater. The production was directed by Braulio Basilio, music directed by Saul Nache and starring Camilo Estrada. Quillén is based on Chilean traditional myths and legends with folk music from Chile and Latinoamérica.